OUR "HOME-GROWN" MISSIONARIES
Even in the earliest days of our beginnings in 1977, Zion Fellowship has had a heart for the nations...giving ourselves to the call of the Great Commission.
We have supported missionaries and have sent out countless short-term missions teams. Over the past few years, we have asked the Lord to raise up from our midst; from this house; those who would serve the purposes of God on foreign fields. God is answering our prayer. These are among the first wave of "home grown" missionaries...encouraged, equipped, and sent out from Zion Fellowship to the Nations!
SCOTT & TRICIA LEISNER
Scott and Tricia minister with Christ for the City International in Costa Rica. Tricia works as a nurse (clinic based and monthly medical outreach excursions) and Scott as an English teacher. Together they also administer Comunidad Christiana Maranatha, a discipleship-based program focused on training youth to reach the world for Christ. They provide daily based discipleship for the students who live in their campus house and provide opportunities for young people to serve. They have also established a coffeehouse ministry to reach out to the local unsaved youth.
Scott and Tricia have three children, Alexander, Ezekiel, and, Melody Joy.
Starkville, MS, USA
Kelly is based in Starkville, MS where she serves as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Her work focuses on discipling and facilitating the sending of young missionaries all over the world. Her passion is to impact the injustices of women and children at risk of human trafficking, to raise up strong Christians through discipleship in community, and to reach the whole world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The practical aspects of this work are widely varied: from managing a community garden, to leading short- term outreaches, to modeling how to grow in relationship with God within community, and to cooking meals for YWAM students.
MISSIONARIES WE SUPPORT
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!' " Isaiah 52:7
ANDREW & MARGARET ABU-GHAZALEH
Seminars for International Leadership Seminars
After years as missionaries to the Middle East, Andrew is now Director of Seminars for International Leadership Seminars. His focus is to train Christian leaders around the world.
Peter focuses on evangelism and the necessary follow up by training pastors to lead churches within the rural areas of Ghana. His goal is to complete a pastoral training center and orphanage on the church property that they currently occupy.
JACOB & LINDA BLOEMBERG
The Bloemberg family has been serving in Viet Nam since 1997. Jacob is the pastor of the Hanoi International Fellowship, a congregation that serves over 30 nationalities. Jacob also serves in a drug rehabilitation center and Linda teaches at an international elementary school.
JONATHAN & DANI BOWDEN
Niger, West Africa
Jonathan & Dani (along with their young children) are Elim missionaries in Niger, West Africa. They have worked with an indigenous church called, "Vie Abondante" (Abundant Life) since 2010. Their missionary emphasis is on church planting and discipleship/leadership training. Jonathan directs the bible school which offers a one-year discipleship course. Both Jonathan & Dani are also involved in a ministry called Abraham's Place, a Christian primary school that brings in children from remote villages who have no access to education. They not only receive a good education through this school but also receive in depth discipleship and care.
ROGER & MARGARET CLARK
Roger & Margaret have been missionaries in Haiti for over twenty years. They have established and administrated New Life Bible School in Port Au Prince for the training of pastors. They are also involved in church planting, church construction, medical outreaches, and hosting visiting work teams.
DAN & DEBBIE COLTON
Debbie and her husband, Pastor Dan, have established Oasis of Hope, a non-profit organization working with domestic victims of sex trafficking. Oasis of Hope is a home located in Pennsylvania, where Debbie and a dedicated staff work to provide a safe haven for these women and help them to heal and be restored to wholeness through Jesus Christ.
PETER & DARLEEN DEARRUDA
New York City, NY, USA
The DeArrudas are full-time urban missionaries serving with the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) where Peter is the executive vice president. Their goal is to undergird the leadership by training students in urban ministry and sending them out to assist area pastors.
International College Students
Linda's missionary focus is to reach international students for Christ. She reaches out to students from foreign countries who are studying at Rochester, New York area colleges.
RICK & SHARON LEBOUEF
Rick and Sharon have been involved in evangelism and church planting in eastern Ecuador for more than 30 years. Rick uses his airplane for outreaches to native populations that would otherwise be unreachable. Sharon has recently completed her Master's degree in education and is involved in Christian education.
Engineering Ministries International
Gary ministers with Engineering Ministries International, whose mission is to mobilize Christian design professionals to serve the poor in developing countries.
BILL & JEN MORLANG
Papua New Guinea
Bill & Jen are missionaries to Papua New Guinea with New Tribes Missions. Bill heads up all building and maintenance on the base and in remote tribal locations. Jen manages the Guest Homes for the missionaries, a place where our missionaries can come out to be refreshed and renewed, spiritually and physically. They both minister to the nationals and missionaries in our area as well in remote locations. When their boys, Garrett and Jake, are home from school, they are able to help out too.
Vanger & Katie Oliveira
Vanger and Katie have been missionaries with Project Amazon's (PAZ) outreach to Japan since 2015. They have recently completed advanced leadership training at the YWAM base in Finland to transition into working with vulnerable women and children primarily exploited through sex trafficking. They will begin their new missionary focus full time at the YWAM base in Recife, Brazil.
JAIPAUL & SARAH PAPABATHINI
Kansas City, MO
Jaipaul, Sarah, and their children, Jedidiah and Elizabeth currently live in Kansas City, MO. Jaipaul ministers itinerantly both here in the US and in India. In Kansas City they are actively involved in ministering to teens and youth in partnership with the International House of Prayer. Their passion is to minister and disciple young adults; provoking them to reach for all that God has for them.
Peter and Ann's desire to reach lost souls in Africa and to witness unity in the Body of Christ resulted in the founding of his two ministries. Joint Aid Management (JAM) was founded in 1984 as a non-profit Christian humanitarian relief and development organization. The ministry concentrates on feeding the hungry, assisting orphans and clean water and sanitation projects. Jesus Alive Ministries (JAM) has been taking the Gospel to the poor since 1982 through mass evangelism (crusade of 100,000+) and effective multi-lingual Bible based teaching. Through their ministry, Peter and Ann have witnessed over 8 million people make the decision to receive Jesus.
HUGH & DONNA SMITH
Voice of the Martyrs, USA
Hugh and Donna are honored to represent the Persecuted Church through ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs. They travel full-time throughout the United States and many countries encouraging believers all over the world to "be a voice for those who have no voice."
MARK AND MICHELE TEWKSBURY
Mark and Michele are Elim Fellowship missionaries who serve the Lord in Nairobi, Kenya. They are assistants to the Director of REHEMA House, which is an orphanage for over 80 children affected by HIV/AIDS. They work in all areas of the orphanage as needed.
CHRISTOPHER & MEGAN VENGALA
The Vengalas minister with YWAM in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are helping train people to go all over the world ministering God's Word.